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Nov 20, 2009 9:00pm EST
was of overriding importance to the united states." johnson says to some aides, "don't they think i know that?" that same evening, he tests talking points he has devised with mcnamara on one of his old colleagues, the influential chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. no matter what choice he makes, l.b.j. will need the support of senator j. william fulbright. >> moyers: the president meets with the joint chiefs to hear their arguments. what they say is disturbing. their options are stark. he wants some middle ground, as he says in this call to his white house assistant for national security mcgeorge bundy, who had famously kept his cool at john kennedy's side during the cuban missile crisis. >> moyers: to stop supplies coming south from hanoi through laos, the president approves the secret bombing of the ho chi minh trail by mercenaries flying old american fighters. there's been another military coup in saigon. hoping to bolster the new government, mcnamara goes there to make what seems to be an open-ended commitment, promising the south vietnamese that, quote, "we'll
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